Grace Dunham

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Grace Dunham
Born (1992-01-28) January 28, 1992 (age 23)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Actress, poet
Parent(s) Laurie Simmons
Carroll Dunham
Relatives Lena Dunham

Grace Dunham (/ˈdʌnəm/ DUN-um; born January 28, 1992) is an American actress and poet.[1] She acted in the independent film Tiny Furniture (2010), which was written and directed by her older sister, filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham.

Early life[edit]

Dunham was born in New York City.[2] Her mother, Laurie Simmons, is an artist and photographer, and her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter.[3][4] Her older sister, Lena, is the creator and star of the HBO series Girls.

Dunham attended St. Ann's School in New York City[5] where she wrote for the school newspaper and yearbook.[2] During Dunham's senior year of high school, she came out as a lesbian to her sister.[6] She graduated from Brown University in May 2014.[7]


Dunham's first film appearance was in the 2006 short Dealing as June, a 13-year-old art dealer.[8] Dealing was written and directed by Dunham's older sister, Lena.

Dunham later starred in the 2010 feature film Tiny Furniture as Nadine, the younger sister of Aura, played by Lena, who also wrote and directed the film. Tiny Furniture, which also featured Lena and Grace's real-life mother Laurie Simmons, was shot at the family's actual home in New York's Tribeca neighborhood[9] and the three characters portrayed by Grace, Lena, and their mother are based loosely on themselves.[10]

As a high school student in 2009, Dunham received the Poetry Society of America's Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award for her poem Twin Oaks, which was judged for the competition by American poet Matthew Rohrer.[2][11]

Dunham was a contributing writer for the student weekly The College Hill Independent in Providence, Rhode Island.[12]


Films credits
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Music of Regret Nostalgia Film short
2006 Dealing June Film short
2009 Creative Nonfiction Classroom kid
2010 Tiny Furniture Nadine

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Tiny Furniture Nominated


  1. ^ Asked & Answered | Laurie Simmons. The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c "Tiny Furniture Press Kit from IFC Films" (PDF) (Press release). p. 7. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Morgan Falconer. About this artist: Carroll Dunham. The Museum of Modern Art.
  4. ^ About Laurie Simmons. Art in the Twenty First Century, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
  5. ^ Anderson, Jenny (July 20, 2010). "At St. Ann’s, Increased Stability, but Also Controversy". The New York Times. para. 3. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Daum, Meghan (September 10, 2014). "Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Weinstein, Michael (April 16, 2010). "Big names from big screen visit College Hill". The Brown Daily Herald. para. 4. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Musetto, V.A. (November 6, 2010). "All in the family". New York Post. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ Moore, Lorrie (March 27, 2012). "Lena Dunham: Unwatchable in the Best Way". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dollar, Steve (November 5, 2010). "'Tiny' Voice Makes Loud Noise". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Grace Dunham - Poetry Society of America". Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Issue #3 - The Y

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